I'm not sure why a 5 year old would want it, but have you heard about this ruling?

A federal judge ruled Friday that the morning-after pill, known by its brand name of Plan B, should be available without a prescription or any age or point-of-sale restrictions within 30 days. (source)

With the drug having become available over the counter, the judge ruled that the FDA had overstepped it's mandate, which had only to do with determining the safety of drugs. They have no mandate to set age limits or set standards for the sale of safe drugs.

Anyway, the question here is directed at the parents among us, and especially those with children at or approaching an age when sexual activity potentially begins. Do you have any mixed feelings about this? Do you feel that up to a certain age (16? 18?) children should at least have to see a physician before obtaining them? Not to talk them out of abortion but at least to discuss the medical issues (potential exposure to STD's, side effects, etc.).

Please identify yourself as a non-parent when you comment, if that is the case.

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I don't know about other parents I decided to do everything the opposite from my own parents, My parents never talked to me about anything. I was 13 when I asked my mother what menstruation was as I heard the word mentioned in the girls changing room. My mother answered "don't act like a fucking idiot" that was the end of discussion. I phoned my dad and he send me a book in the mail "What girls should know." I decided that I will never let a child of mine feel the same as I did that day. We were crawling around the kitchen floor laughing two weeks ago because of a discussion on genital warts. Like most things in life if you want to educate children you have to start by educating the adults in the childs space. They should not just have sexual education for children but make it compulsary for parents, to teach them how to talk to their children about this. I have learned to keep my composure and not to over react when my children come to me in trust, and their is some things you don;t want to hear. I would like to imagine my children as innocent but they are not. If they can trust me with the small things without feeling that I am judging them, then they can trust me with the big things in their lives. Oh we also inflated some condoms rubbed it against our hair and stuck it to the kitchen sealing

That sounds pretty damned healthy to me! Sounds like you have things in perspective.

 As a parent and citizen I am all for the elimination of most controls on pharmaceutical products.

I'm all for 100% legalizing all of the street drugs idiots use for their entertainment value.

Many would argue that drugs which modify one's endocrine system are medicine and should be treated that way.

Legalise and tax them.

Gregg, that's one of the best perks to being rich and famous. Whatever the king of pop wanted, the king of pop got. Oh, but then he died.

@RobertPiano - ah but will he ever die?  They say Elvis is out there somewhere still...

LOL Elvis should have made the words " I'll be back" famous

i think that the parent should know the child is purchasing the pill. because it could be used to cover up a rape with that pill adn that it is just fucking crazy 

Better to uncover a rape through an unwanted pregnancy?

The reality of being a parent is that their is a lot of things out their legal and not so legal. We don;t want our children to smoke but some of them do, we don.t want them to drink but they do. I had friends at school that got pregnant, if only their was a morning after pill, some gave their children up for adoption, some kept them and others had abortions. Every single one of them did not talk about sex to their parents, 3 of the friends used condoms but they ripped. We did not have legal abortions as it is only a new law that allows it so my one friend lost half of the inside of her legg her uterus and scared for life because of a back street abortion at age 14 I just can not help but wonder what difference the morning after pill would have made to her life. I know that no matter how hard you want to protect your children shit happens

As a parent I accept my responsibility for the health and safety of my offspring, I do not need a Nanny State to meet that responsibility, nor to decide what risks to take in the pursuit of my own health, safety and happiness and that of those I brought into this world.

I am disgusted by the lack of backbone that exists today in the majority of Americans that occupy this country today, they pale in comparison to those who founded it.

Government can be of benefit to us or it can be a great burden to our freedom, liberty and our own unalienable right to self determination


If there is a parent out there who allows his/her 5 year old child to decide which OTC products to buy.........I have my doubts as to whether that child will live to see 6 years of age.

Parenting is the toughest job in the world, the best we can hope for is to be the best we can be, knowing we will fall short of perfect.


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